We’ve always been told that five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit are optimum for a healthy diet, but scientists are now suggesting that eating more fruits and vegetables daily is better as they make us happier.
Scientists at Warwick University’s Department of Economics in the UK have discovered that people who eat between seven and eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day felt more cheerful, loved and optimistic about the future.
The research, which studied over 80 000 Britons, found that those who ate around eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day had an average score that was one point higher than people who did not eat any.
Other recent studies have found that children who eat more fruits and vegetables are less at risk for depression in later life.
Researchers think that the biochemistry of fruits and vegetables, such as antioxidants, may contribute to the increased feeling of happiness among those who consume more fruits and vegetables per day.
While fruits and vegetables have always been known to be beneficial to physical health, this study shows evidence that consuming more of these nutritional produce is great for mental health as well.
Our findings are consistent with the need for high levels of fruit and vegetable consumption for mental health and not merely for physical health.
This is all the more reason to feed your family, especially your children, with more fruits and vegetables. Not only does it benefit their health, but it can also contribute to their overall happiness.
For many parents, however, that is a huge difficulty if not an impossibility. How can you get your child to finish up those greens? You can try one clever mum’s trick of making a “green monster juice” with the LifeSpring for her four-year-old who refuses to eat his greens!
Juice contains an abundance of antioxidants, nutrients and enzymes that are much more easily absorbed by the body than solid fruits and vegetables. Plus, using a cold press juicer like the LifeSpring ensures that no heat or oxidation occurs when juicing and that all the flavour, nutrients and enzymes in the juice are retained.
Find out more about the different types of juicers before you buy one.
Original article: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/research-by-warwick-universitys-department-of-economics-states-people-should-eat-seven-serves-of-fruit-and-vegetables/story-fneuz8wn-1226493597718